(i9) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication
Myllynen et al.
(54) MESSAGING SYSTEM AND SERVICE
(76) Inventors: Harri Myllynen, London (GB); Pasi Leino, London (GB); Antti Ohrling,
DAVID E. HUANG, ESQ.
BAINWOOD HUANG & ASSOCIATES LLC
2 CONNECTOR ROAD
WESTBOROUGH, MA 01581 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 10/555,543
(22) PCT Filed: May 6, 2004
(86) PCT No.: PCT/GB04/01953
(30) Foreign Application Priority Data
May 6, 2003 (GB) 03103660
May 20, 2003 (GB) 03115920
Jul. 8, 2003 (GB) 03159845
(51) Int. CI.
H04Q 7/20 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 455/466
Embodiments of the invention are concerned with modification of messages en route to a destination. One such
modification is the addition of third party material, such as advertisement data, to a message. Conventionally, such a modification of messages occurs in accordance with some input from the sender of the message, and, to enable the sender to indicate the nature of the desired modification, the terminal corresponding to the sender has to be equipped with bespoke software. A service located in the network then receives the sender's message and decodes the indicated modification in order to decide how to modify the message. When there are many subscribers to this service, each terminal needs to be adapted to allow indication of the desired modification to the message, and, if the adaptation is made by pushing data to such terminals over the network, this presents problems in terms of scalability and network traffic. In one aspect of the invention embodiments provide a method of modifying a message sent through a data communications network, the message including transmission data identifying one or more destinations of said message and a message body identifying content thereof which is specified by a sending party, the method including: selecting data, in response to receiving a said message, on the basis of at least one parameter that is not directly related to the location of the sending party, wherein the said selected data are not directly related to the content of the message; modifying said message so as to include the selected data therein; and transmitting the modified message to said one or more destinations in accordance with the transmission data. Thus in embodiments of the invention, decisions as to the nature of the modification of the message are made in accordance with a parameter that is unrelated to messages that are composed by die user, and thus no modifications are required to be made to subscriber's terminals.